PNP says mug shot of GMA is fake

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday said that the published mug shot of former President now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in a newspaper is not authentic.

PNP Chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome made the statement following circumstances surrounding the publication of the said pictures.

“Let me state for the record that the published pictures are not the authentic mug shot photos of Rep. Arroyo taken during the mandatory booking procedure last Saturday that were submitted to the RTC Branch 112 of Pasay City on Monday,” Bartolome said.

The PNP chief said  he already instructed the arresting officers and police custodians to ensure that only the presiding judge of RTC Branch 112 of Pasay City or his duly designated representative shall have access to the booking sheets, mug shots and fingerprint cards of Rep. Arroyo.

He said base on ther report of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) there are several discrepancies in the published photo.

He mentioned the characters stamped on the published images that read: CONG GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO and CRIM CASE # R-PSY-11-04432-CR, whereas the caption on the authentic mugshots were: GLORIA ARROYO Y MACAPAGAL and CC NR. R-PSY-11-04432. Aside from these, the CIDG also noted discrepancies in the photo size and dimensions as well as the format of the captions in the published photos against those of the authentic mug shots.

Bartolome ordered Southern Police District (SPD) officer in charge Senior Supt. James Bucayu and his team to report in Camp Crame and explained the leak of the mug shot of the former president that was apparently taken last Saturday inside Arroyo’s hospital room at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City while police is booking her on charges of electoral sabotage which is a non bailable offense.

“I called his attention and in fact I called him in my office and other members of his team,” Bartolome said.

Asked if Bucayu really said that the photos were authentic, Bartolome said, Bucayu only said that the mug shot appeared to be similar but not the same.

The court has already ruled that those mug shot photos cannot be publish so whoever behind those leakage will be given some reprimand and might also charge for contempt of court.

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